Last night I went to the local pub for a drink to celebrate a friend’s birthday. I wore heels … gorgeous black and white satin heels. It seemed like a great idea at the time … but after an hour (ok five minutes) it just made me feel sore and awkward. And it got me thinking about what it means to be “Pilbara-ised”. My girlfriend and I laughed at the fact that all we wanted to do was go home and take off our heels … we laughed at the fact that we would rather be wearing thongs … or worse still, steel capped boots. OMG who am I? And what happened to the girl that moved here nearly 2 years ago?
To explain where I came from, I’ll quote a sentence or two from the “about” section of my blog … which given the events of the past 2 years, perhaps needs to be brought a little more up to date!
I love champagne, cocktails, anything sparkly, stilettos are my best friend and I wouldn’t be caught dead in tracksuit pants. I only drive automatics and need my nails done every second Saturday. My mobile phone is as much a fashion accessory as it is a method of keeping in touch with friends and family … and I need at least 2 take away coffees a day just to keep the bitchiness at bay.
Now, add to this … would not leave the house without a full face of make up, would never be caught dead wearing a hat of any description, had to wear a huge assortment of jewellery on every finger, arm, neck, wrist available at all times and I think you should just about get the picture …
Fast forward nearly two years and here I am … I haven’t worn stilettos in who knows how long (I didn’t even wear them on my wedding day … yes I know there are red stilettos in the photos, but I only put them on for the photos, I was really wearing ballet flats – oh oh secret’s out!), I no longer have acrylic nails, I love my Akubra hat, I only wear a watch and only put my engagement & wedding rings on to “go out” (you know, to Woolies and stuff), I have a coffee machine at home (no take aways here) and I OWN A MANUAL CAR – yep, remember how good I am at driving them? I do still like make up, but don’t wear anywhere near as much as I used to. Oh how times have changed!
I did love getting all glammed up for my wedding day … I got eyelash extensions and at least an hour’s worth of face paint. I loved every second of it, every second in my gorgeous pair of ivory ballet flats 😉
Now Mr W. would argue that there are definitely still some “city princess” traits lingering … like the fact that I HATE it when he drives with the window open … 10 hours of wind is not good for my hair, hence I have to take my Fiorucci Scarf on long trips to ensure my hair stays tangle free … it’s more about the knot factor than the actual asthetics, trust me. I still have designer handbags (didn’t you know that Oroton goes really well with black thongs?). But given the fact that I would now rather squat on the side of the road rather than use some road house toilets*, even he would have to agree that I’ve come along way!
* Remind me to tell you a really funny story about using the side of the road as my personal restroom … trust me, it’s a good one!